News Archive March 2014

News In And Around Limpopo

Roads closed in Kruger National Park due to heavy rain

Due to heavy rains in and around the southern part of Kruger National Park (KNP) several roads have been closed. Guests are advised not to use any gravel roads and to stay on the tar roads.

The Crocodile Bridge Gate is closed due to the flooding of the Crocodile River. Guests are advised to use the alternative route from Lower Sabie to access Crocodile Bridge Camp.

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Kruger National Park heavy rains update

Update on Kruger National Park as at 12:00

As a safety precaution it has been decided to close the following three additional facilities:

  • Shimuwini
  • Bateleur
  • Sirheni
  • Balule

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Mapungubwe National Park experiences heavy rains

In the last week, like most parts of the country, Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site (MNP&WH) experienced heavy rains, which could result in floods.

The Limpopo River is at full capacity but thus far all the facilities and roads within the park are operational. The temporary Wiepe bridge on the R572 road between the Park and the town of Musina is flooded and therefore offers no access.

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Update on Kruger road and camp closures

Following heavy rains at Kruger National Park, SANParks has advised that no camps have been damaged but that certain bush and trail camps have been closed as a precautionary measure. More heavy rains are expected from Wednesday.

The following bush camps will remain closed for precautionary measures until Monday, March 17: Talamati, Biyamiti, Balule, Sirheni, Bateleur and Shimuwini. The following Trails camps will remain closed until Monday, March 24: Wolhuter, Boesman and Olifants. The Shishangeni Concession has been closed.

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Marakele accommodation closed following floods

March 13, 2014

Accommodation facilities in Marakele National Park, Limpopo, have been temporarily closed due to damaged roads caused by heavy rain, SANParks announced this week.

Motswere guest cottage, Tlopi and Bontle tented camps will not be operating until Sunday, March 16.

“We advise all our guests who have made bookings for this week and the weekend to please contact our office since they will not be able to access their accommodation sites,” said Communications Manager for Marakele, Divhani Maremba. “The park is still operational but we advise visitors to stay within the demarcated roads.”

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Africa Travel Week unveils conference agenda

Thebe Reed has announced topics of discussion for the forums, conferences, seminars and lectures that will accompany the three co-located shows making up Africa Travel Week.

Topics covered will include responsible tourism, sustainable business, tourism education and technology.

The International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Africa Forum will feature two live debates. Speakers include Anita Mendiratta, an independent International Strategist and Adviser on Tourism and Economic Development, who will discuss what ‘luxury’ means in the context of African travel, and political analyst and talk show host, Justice Malala.

The forum will also include a ‘Meet the Editors’ panel, where travel editors will offer insight into their selection criteria for publication and a debate on conservation, featuring speakers including Botswana’s Map Ives of Wilderness Safaris and South Africa’s Juan Pinto, Director and Head Ranger at Royal Malewane Lodge.

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ATW targets buyers from emerging markets

Africa Travel Week says it will deliver many new buyers from emerging markets for its inaugural show in Cape Town from April 27-May 3 this year.

Exhibition Manager for WTM Africa, Polly Magraw, said this was in response to market demand. “While we have confirmed some strong traditional buyers, we are also bringing lots of fresh names to South Africa for the show.” She stressed that the new buyers would also be subject to a strict qualification process.

Africa Travel Week, which is being organised by Reed Travel Exhibitions, will use the same online diary system used at its flagship events, such as IBTM and ILTM Cannes, to ensure exhibitors have the opportunity to meet with key buyers that are already doing business with African suppliers, or have the potential to place future business.

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Growth forecast for tourism in SA

The travel and tourism sector in South Africa is expected to grow 3.6% during 2014, while globally, the sector is expected to grow by 4.3%.

This is according to World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which undertakes an economic analysis of the impact of the travel and tourism sector in 184 countries every year.

WTTC’s South Africa Economic Impact Report revealed that the travel and tourism sector contributed R323 billion to the country’s GDP, 9.5% of GDP. This compares with a worldwide contribution of $7 trillion (R75 trillion) to the global economy.

The total contribution of the sector to employment in South Africa, including jobs indirectly supported by the sector, was 1 404 190 jobs, or 10.1% of total employment. The total global contribution of the sector to employment was 265 835 000 jobs, or 8.9% of total employment.

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Kruger update: selected camps reopen

The Kruger National Park, Limpopo, has reopened the Balule Satellite Camp as well as the Sirheni, Bateleur and Shimuwini bush camps, after heavy raised caused closures earlier this month.

SANParks has advised that Talamati and Biyamiti bush camps, the Olifants Trail Camp and the Nyalaland Fly Camp are still closed and will be reopened today (Wednesday, March 19), while the Wolhuter and Boesman trails camps will be closed until Saturday, March 29.

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